Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

Colin F Reynolds (colin@the-net-effect.com)
Mon, 26 Jan 1998 17:08:23 +0000


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Date: Mon, 26 Jan 1998 17:08:23 +0000
To: www-html@w3.org
From: Colin F Reynolds <colin@the-net-effect.com>
Subject: Questionable implementation of IMG ALT attribute as tooltips

In article <SIMEON.9801261055.B@s1682.essex.ac.uk>, James Green
<jmkgre@essex.ac.uk> writes
>> For small icons or symbols, I use characters to imitate the appearance  
>> of the image, e.g. <img src="mylogo.gif" alt="MyLoGo"> or
>> <img src="bullet.gif" alt="*">.
>
>My thoughts precisely.

So we agree, James? When, in this example, the ALT attribute value of
"*" is IMPLEMENTED AS A TOOLTIP (see topic) this impairs the
functionality of the user interface, since the tooltip does not provide
the reader with any useful information, and, worse, creates an
unnecessary distraction.
-- 
Colin Reynolds
Q: Will computers ever be able to wreck a nice beach?
And if they do, will they *understand* it?